Guide to Course Levels & Teaching Method

Guide to Course Levels & Teaching Method

Course Levels

  • Beginner: You have no experience of playing the harp.
  • Post-beginner: You took last year’s Beginners’ course, have had relatively few lessons and/or require help with basic technique.
  • Elementary: You can already perform simple tunes, require further help in consolidating basic technique and wish to work slowly and carefully.
  • Elementary/Intermediate: As Elementary but you feel ready to stretch your boundaries.
  • Intermediate: You already have good technique and can work at a moderate pace.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: As Intermediate, but you are ready and willing to work at a faster pace.
  • Advanced: Your technique is good and you wish to work at a good pace to stretch yourself.
  • Mixed Ability: For all levels, except Beginner.

For further advice about course levels please contact us on +44 (0) 131 445 2022

Teaching Method

  • E: teaching will be by ear with written music given out only at the end of the course.
  • E+M: teaching will initially be by ear with written music given out during or at the end of each session.
  • M: teaching will be from written music.
  • M+E: written music will be given at the start of the course. However, teaching will be sympathetic to all levels of skill in reading/assimilating music.
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Carry on Teaching

April 2@9:00 am - 10:30 am

An invitation to all teachers and would-be teachers to join us at one of these sessions.

Free event – registration required.

Following the success of The Clarsach Society’s “Dare to be a Teacher” scheme to encourage new teachers of the small harp, we invite experienced teachers, new teachers and those considering becoming teachers to join in a discussion on how best we can support this continuing work. If you have an idea (or several) you wish to share or a query or problem to discuss, or advice to give us on how best to help teachers, do come along to one of these sessions. No need to bring a harp. If you can’t join us, but have ideas to share, please contact us with them after the Festival as part of your feedback.


April 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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